For those of you who don't know, Newgrounds is a site found here:
It was made by a guy by the name of Tom Fulp in order for people to create their
own flash cartoons, games, and even music and post it onto the interwebz. Since
then, it's grown, had a few facelifts, and is now one of the most popular sites on
the internet, and certainly one of my personal favorites. I surf it often, wading
through gigabytes and terabytes of crap.
However, some of the flashes I've seen on there were truly great, and I'd like to
honor them here.
So here it is, my Top 10 Newgrounds Flash Submissions. Enjoy!
10. Madness Series: http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/madness.html
If you're looking for violent, then sweet Lord! Madness is for you. One of the
coolest series ever, with one of the most badass characters ever, some hate this
series for it's ultraviolence and unfair religious symbolism (the main antagonist
looks like Jesus), others, like myself, can ignore the relious, er, stuff, then you have
an endlessly enjoyable series. Also, Aggreggation just came out as of this writing,
and at the moment it's the number one submission on the site!
9. :the game: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/467574
If you're a political junkie like myself, then this is one of the funniest things you'll
ever see. While not exactly a game, :the game: is endlessly funny no matter how
many times I watch it. The only reason it's this low is because one of the levels is
incredibly frustrating, and almost made me stop. Anyone who's played it knows
what I'm talking about. But, once you get past that, :the game: is absolutely
sublime from beginning to end.
8. Legend of Miyamoto: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/465005
While it's not the best Nintendo themed submission I've seen, it's certainly one of
the prettiest. The flash, although a bit short, has some absolutely boner-inducing
visuals. The music, even though I absolutely hate any form of rap (With the
exception of 2Pac), is oddly entertaining. At first I didn't know why it was rated T
for Teen, until I noticed the lyrics. But regardless, if you're a Nintendo fan, this is a
7. Portal: The Flash Version: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/404612
Being a huge fan of the PC game, I had high expectations for this Flash
reimagining, and I wasn't disappointed. As difficult as can be, this is one game that
I still haven't completed, even after almost a year of playing. And yet I'm loving
every minute of it. Besides a little bit of faulty hit detection and downright
obnoxious design, Portal is just as fun in flash as it was in The Orange Box. Well,
6. The Assumption Song: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/460854
Just remember, it aint dirty.
5. Fancy Pants Adventure: World 2
Easily the best game of 2008, FPA2 took the original Fancy Pants, and improved on
it in every possible way. More colors, more secrets, fun music, a decent difficulty
level, and the best platforming controls ever done in flash make FPA2 a full
package. Oh, and the if you want to play the newest version of the game, be sure
to check out either Brad Borne's website, or ArmorGames.com.
4. There She Is!! series:
Why the hell isn't there a "There She Is!!" collection?! Anyway, this series, from
beginning to end, is a masterpiece. SamBakZa, you are a master of flash. You took
a simple story of a cat and a rabbit, and created a heartwarming, refreshing,
satisfying, and indeed, epic story out of them. I salute you! Oh, and incidentally,
what is an amalloc, anyway?
3. Power Star 4: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/461521
Sure, Power Star 1 - 3 were great Mario tributes themselves, but for me the series
was at it's peak with the fourth and final installment. Not only is this the best Mario
submission ever, it's quite possibly the most epic story ever created in flash.
Although I will warn you that it's not for the faint of heart. Intense gore and a truly
heartbreaking ending make this for the mature audiences only.
2. The Awesome Series: http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/awesome.html
Often copied, but never quite duplicated, the Awesome series is by far the funniest
series ever to hit Newgrounds. Incredibly profane, bloody, and explicit, the
Awesome series made making fun of video games fun again. My personal faves are
Metal Gear Awesome 2, and PSP Squirrels.
1. :the Composer: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/400974
Incredibly underrated, :the Composer: is by far the most emotionally resonant
cartoon ever made. I'm not at all ashamed to say that I got a little teary eyed
watching it, and it left something with me. Why do I love it so much? Well, mostly
because we all have a little bit of the Composer in us. We're kicked around, we're
discovered, we're loved, we're kicked around some more, and descend into
obscurity. :the Composer: proved to me that you don't have to swear, rip people's
heads off, or swear to be entertaining. We just have to be ourselves. And that's
why :the Composer: is my pick for the greatest Newgrounds submission of all time.